Legal news from Tuesday, May 24, 2011
15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Egyptian prosecutor general said Tuesday that former president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] will be put on trial and could face the death penalty for conspiring to kill protesters during demonstrations in Egypt [JURIST news archive] early this year and for other corruption charges. However, [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] on Tuesday announced proposed reforms to modernize the EU's intellectual property rights laws and create more centralized regulation. The EC, the EU's executive arm, said that reforms are necessary [press release] to better protect against Internet piracy and to protect consumers from fake products. [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Moscow City Court [official website, in Russian] on Tuesday upheld the second fraud convictions [press release, in Russian; video, in Russian] of former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] and his business partner Platon Lebedev [defense website; JURIST news archive] but reduced their eight-year [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] A class action settlement for $410 million between Bank of America (BOA) [corporate website] and customers claiming they were illegally charged overdraft fees was preliminarily approved on Monday in federal court. A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida [official website] approved the settlement [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Two Somali men pleaded guilty [press release] Monday to charges of piracy for their role in hijacking a yacht, which resulted in the deaths of four Americans. The guilty pleas by Jilani Abdiali and Burhan Abdirahman Yusuf join those entered Friday by Mohamud Hirs Issa Ali [JURIST report], Mohamud [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Microsoft [corporate website] on Tuesday appealed a fine imposed by EU regulators for failing to fully comply with a 2004 antitrust ruling [text, PDF; EU materials]. Microsoft is seeking to reduce or eliminate its fine of 899 million euros (USD $1.3 billion) in the General Court [official website], the [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] on Monday ordered [text, PDF] parties to file briefs discussing whether the challenge to the health care reform law [text; JURIST news archive] is barred by a federal law that prevents injunctions against taxes before the tax is [read more]

09:05 EDT

[[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] used a new procedure Monday to begin hearing evidence against alleged genocide financier Felicien Kabuga [JURIST news archive] who has yet to be arrested. The special deposition hearing allows for evidence to be heard before the court [read more]

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